Grace, Faith, and Patience

In a previous post, I asked if you had been holding onto promises God made to you for a long time. Faith and patience are required to receive those promises. We receive faith and patience through the grace of God. He looks for hearts that are completely His, hearts of faith, and He will give strength to them.

"The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him... " - 2 Chronicles 16:9 NLT

"Then you will not become spiritually dull and indifferent. Instead, you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God's promises because of their faith and endurance." - Hebrews 6:12 NLT

The Greek word for Grace is Charis (Strong's G5485). It means "the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues."

In this next season, we will need the grace of God that will help us grow in our faith, and we need the fruit of patience to endure the preparation. If we seek the Lord with true humility, He is faithful to give us the grace to become all we can be in Him.

"… Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?" - Luke 18:8 NKJV

I don't remember where I heard or read this, but it has stuck with me, and it was helpful in my own fire. The limit of your faith is the place where you would turn back or turn away from God. It could be a loss of a loved one, loss of position, physical suffering, or anything that you are not willing to give up or do. It is also the place where your flesh takes over and makes your own way either into or out of a situation. When you have fear, doubt, or self-will, you no longer have faith, and this is the limit of your faith.

If you can recognize the signs that you are at the limit of your faith, then you will know that the Lord is trying to exercise your faith so that you will grow in your faith. The next time you reach that place, stop, and ask God what He is doing and what you need to do.

If you find yourself in a dry land or a wilderness season, ask the Lord for the grace of spiritual hunger, then watch and see what He does in your life. Make it your goal to receive all God has for you….no matter the cost or inconvenience…this is hunger, and this hunger will help you to grow in your faith.

True faith is defined more by what fuels our belief than what our belief produces or accomplishes. Love fuels faith. If we love the Lord, we have faith in Him.

"For when we place our faith in Christ Jesus, there is no benefit in being circumcised or being uncircumcised. What is important is faith expressing itself in love." - Galatians 5:6 NLT

Patience can be defined as the ability or willingness to suppress restlessness when confronted with delay. It speaks of perseverance without complaint or irritation. It is about the position of our hearts being at rest in the midst of the waiting process, trusting the Lord to do something for us that is far greater than what we could do for ourselves.

An example in scripture is the Farmer, who waits until he receives the early and latter rains.

"Dear brothers and sisters, be patient as you wait for the Lord's return. Consider the farmers who patiently wait for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen". James 5:7-8 NLT

There will be a greater emphasis on the grace of God given for increased patience as He grows our faith.


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